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GSI GROUP REACHES AGREEMENT WITH KEY PARTIES PROVIDING
FOR APPROVAL OF PLAN OF REORGANIZATION
Company Expects to Emerge from Chapter 11 in Summer 2010
Michael E. Katzenstein Appointed Chief Restructuring Officer to Lead Company
Through Final Phase of Restructuring
Bookings and Cash Position for First Quarter 2010
Bedford, MA, May 11, 2010GSI Group Inc. (Pink Sheets: GSIGQ.PK) (the Company or GSI) today announced that it has reached an agreement with representatives of the key stakeholders involved in GSIs Chapter 11 case that provides for certain modifications of the Companys (and certain of its subsidiaries) Third Modified Joint Plan of Reorganization, including, among others, a proposed rights offering fully backstopped by certain noteholders. With this agreement, GSI is on track to emerge from Chapter 11 protection in summer of 2010. GSI expects to complete its financial restructuring with a stronger balance sheet and enhanced liquidity that will position the Company for future growth.
GSI has reached an agreement on a term sheet (the Term Sheet) with the holders (Consenting Noteholders) of greater than 88% of the outstanding aggregate principal amount of the Companys 11% Senior Notes due 2013 (the Notes) and the Equity Committee in the Companys Chapter 11 case. The Term Sheet sets forth terms for a new plan support agreement to be entered into among the parties to the Term Sheet and modifications to certain terms of the Companys (and certain of its subsidiaries) Third Modified Joint Plan of Reorganization, as filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Delaware on April 9, 2010 (the Plan). Pursuant to the Term Sheet, both the Consenting Noteholders and the Equity Committee have agreed to support the Plan as modified in accordance with the Term Sheet (the Modified Plan). A copy of the Term Sheet is attached to this press release.
To help lead the Company through the final phase of its restructuring, the Company has appointed Michael E. Katzenstein as Chief Restructuring Officer effective May 5, 2010. Mr. Katzenstein, a Senior Managing Director in the Corporate Finance practice of FTI Consulting, Inc., will serve as GSI Groups most senior executive officer in replacement of the Companys current chief executive officer. Mr. Katzenstein will manage the Companys finance, legal and restructuring functions. The Company has also engaged FTI Consulting to provide support services to Mr. Katzenstein.
We are very pleased to have reached agreement with a substantial majority of the noteholders and the Equity Committee on the term sheet for a plan support agreement that resolves all major outstanding issues related to confirmation of GSIs plan of reorganization and paves the way for the Company to emerge from Chapter 11 in Summer 2010, Mr. Katzenstein said. With a strengthened balance sheet, GSI will emerge from the restructuring process in an excellent financial position to grow its
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